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Last updated: 27 February 2024


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Keep things cool with an energy-efficient pedestal or tower fan. Our lab tests cover $17 supermarket fans up to $1099 models with built-in air purifiers. While our scores only focus on airflow, we also list useful features such as: 

  • which fans have timers and remote controls
  • how much the fans oscillate
  • how noisy the fans are at low and high speeds
  • running costs.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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We calculate the airflow for circular pedestal fans using a different formula to the tower fans, which are generally a rectangular shape. 

Scores may be rescaled from year to year if we have data from more efficient models. You can choose the type of fan you prefer using our filters on the left.

Our top 10 cooling tips will show you how to beat the heat.

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    Fan style

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    Pedestal fan or tower style.

      Airflow score

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      The airflow score is determined by measuring airflow speed at various points (depending on fan type) at maximum speed and calculating airflow volume. The CHOICE Expert Rating is the airflow score.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 44 and 90

      Running costs

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      We work out the fan's annual running cost by assuming two hours of use at max level each day, then continuous use for eight hours on low level each night, for three months (92 days). Energy is charged at 40c/kWh.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 2.28 and 46.93

      Remote control

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      Remote controls are handy so you don't have to physically get up to change settings. Make sure any button battery compartments are secured with a screw or require two deliberate actions to open to prevent children from accessing them.

        Shop Ethical rating

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        Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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          • CHOICE Expert Rating
          • Running costs
          • Recommended
          • Airflow score
          • Minimum noise (dB)
          • Maximum noise (dB)
          • Adjustable degrees below horizontal
          • Adjustable degrees above horizontal
          • Length of power cord (m)
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Shop Ethical rating
          • Price
          • Number of fan speeds
          • Remote control
          • Warranty (years)
          • Country of origin
          • Horizontal sweep (degrees)
          • Timer settings
          • Weight (kg)
          • Height at highest position (cm)
          • Width (cm)
          • Depth (cm)

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